Hooks speaks at Kiwanis meeting

by | June 28, 2018 4:32 pm

   The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at Catered Creations with President Jim Clapham presiding. There were 18 members in attendance with one guest, Chandra Hooks. 

   The program for the evening was hosted by Bobbie Daughtry, who introduced Hooks, director of school nutrition for the Emanuel County school system. Hooks gave a presentation on the Emanuel County Farm to School program. The program is in place to increase students’ knowledge of agriculture and food production and to promote school meal  participation. It also provides market opportunities for local farmers and increased economic activity for the local community. The program involves students growing their own vegetables in class gardens at schools and trying healthier food options. Students also learn about processing vegetables. Local farmers perform how-to presentations at the schools about agriculture, especially those involving production of food. Hooks showed pictures of the student gardens, students trying healthier foods, and local farmers showing how to grow vegetables and tend to livestock. The school system recently won an honorary level Golden Radish Award from the Georgia Department of Agriculture for their work in the Farm to School program. The program ties into the local County Wellness Program in Georgia to take advantage of locally grown vegetables, fruits, fresh milk, and meat production. 

   Chair Gary Couse thanked everyone who helped with the pizza party for Herrington Homestead on June 14. Deana Patrick was also appreciated donated eight dozen baked cookies and ice cream, and Pepper Fields arranged a special appearance by a Swainsboro Fire Department truck.

   Lt. Gov. elect Tim Goodman reminded members about the new Georgia officer and board training held Saturday, June 23, in Statesboro. 

   Chair Frank Patrick reminded members about a cookout for the Summer Reading Program at the library on June 26. 

   To become a member of the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, please call membership chair Jane Durden at 478-494-4113, or email her at hsdurden@bellsouth.net. To find out more information about the club and the many community service projects it sponsors each year, visit their website at www.swainsborokiwanis.org or their Swainsboro Kiwanis Facebook page. You may also tweet the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club at @SwainsboroK.

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